Man United, Newcastle advance to League Cup semifinals
Manchester United cannot stop winning. Marcus Rashford cannot stop scoring.
Make that eight straight wins in all competitions for United after a 3-0 victory over third-tier Charlton Athletic secured a place in the English League Cup semifinals on Tuesday.
Rashford came on as a 60th-minute substitute and had enough time to grab two goals, scoring for the sixth game in a row.
While United is looking to end what will be a six-year trophy drought, Newcastle has a shot at a first piece of silverware since 1955.
The Saudi-controlled club from northeast England dispatched Leicester 2-0 thanks to goals by Dan Burn and Joelinton and advanced to the last four of the League Cup for the first time since 1976. Not even 18 months into its new era, Newcastle is perhaps exceeding expectations after rapidly becoming a force in English soccer.
It is the latest positive step in encouraging seasons for two teams who have also established themselves in the top four of the Premier League.
Newcastle and Man United are tied on points in third and fourth place, respectively, and are in relentless form, with just one loss between them since September.
The other two quarterfinals take place Wednesday, when Manchester City visits Southampton and Nottingham Forest hosts Wolverhampton in another all-Premier League matchup.
Source: AP News